Southridge falls short in state title game

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Southridge athletic director Brett Bardwell shook each players' hand after they received their runner-up medals at the Class 2A state finals at Victory Field in Indianapolis. The Raiders lost to Boone Grove 5-4. For more photos from the game, click here.

From Herald Staff Reports

INDIANAPOLIS — Trailing 5-0 with two outs and down to their final strike in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Southridge baseball team nearly did the impossible in the Class 2A state championship game. However, their late comeback fell just short as the Raiders were defeated by Boone Grove 5-4 at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis.

Southridge kicked off the bottom of the seventh inning with a hard-hit single by pinch hitting senior Justin Lammers and scored their first two runs of the inning on an error as Colin Smith sent a ball to left field that was dropped by Boone Grove's Dylan Paul. Chase Taylor followed that up with a two-RBI double that brought home pitch runner Patrick Sander and Camden Gasser who drew a walk and the Raiders were back within one run. Then, Boone Grove walked both Colson Montgomery and Jayce Harter to send Joe LaGrange to bat with the bases loaded. However, LaGrange popped up and the Raiders late comeback attempt was stymied by the Wolves.

Neither team was able to get any offense going until the fifth inning when Boone Grove sent home four runs. The Wolves had RBIs from Taylor Piazza, Austin LeMar, Ty Bothwell and another on a stolen base. The Wolves added another run in the sixth inning courtesy of a steal. 

Southridge struggled to figure out Boone Grove pitcher Ty Bothwell, an Indiana University baseball commit, as Bothwell pitched 6 2/3 innings while giving up six hits, no earned runs while striking out a total of 12 batters. 

Logan Seger took the loss on the mound for the Raiders as he pitched 4 and 1/3 innings while giving up four hits, four earned runs while striking out four batters. Seger finished the year with an 11-1 record.

Southridge senior Justin Lammers was named as the recipient of the L.V. Phillips Mental Atittude Award. Fellow senior Jayce Harter won the Mental Attitude Award following the Raiders 15-14 victory over Woodlan in the Class 2A football championship.

Full stories from Saturday's game will be in Monday's Herald 

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